What’s on in Kent in March
PUBLISHED: 11:36 25 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 February 2020
Our selection of top events and diary dates for this month in Kent
- Jeeves & Wooster (2 and 3 Mar)
Aristocratic buffoon Bertie Wooster has hired the theatre for the night to present his one-man show detailing his recent and rather spectacular series of misadventures, including the theft of a novelty cow creamer and a narrow escape from unwanted matrimony. The only trouble is, Bertie hasn't worked out who's going to play all the parts yet …
Tickets: £16; £14. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge TN9 1JP
- There was an Old Lady ... (15 Mar)
I don't know why she swallowed a fly…. but the People's Theatre Company does. Using an amazing blend of live action, puppetry and animation the company bring to life one of the world's best-loved nursery rhymes just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams' best-selling book.
Tickets: £12. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge TN9 1JP
- Louder Is Not Always Clearer (26 Mar)
An honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. For a hearing audience, it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members, the show is a familiar tale of the misunderstanding and isolation faced every day.
Tickets: pay what you decide. 01303 760750. Quarterhouse, Folkestone CT20 1BN
- Showman (27 Mar to 4 Apr)
Derren Brown, the multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, returns to astonish and amaze audiences up and down the country. The content of Showman remains a closely-guarded secret, but if you've seen him before, you know you're in for a powerhouse treat. Not suitable for under 12s.
Tickets £39 to £51. 01322 220000. Orchard Theatre, Dartford DA1 1ED
MUSIC AND DANCE
- Damien Jurado (1 Mar)
Damien Jurado has always worked fast, but his latest work, In the Shape of a Storm, was recorded over the course of two hours one California afternoon and it's his sparsest album to date.
Tickets: £23.10. 01303 760750. Quarterhouse, Folkestone CT20 1BN
- No Jacket Required (14 Mar)
The UK's top Phil Collins tribute returns as part of 'The Serious UK Tour' and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of …But Seriously, the band will perform the album in its entirety during the first part of the show. After the interval, expect the best of the rest from Phil Collins' career as a solo artist and with Genesis.
Tickets: £20. 01892 678 678. Trinity Theatre, Tun Wells TN1 1JP
- Sonia Sabri (14 Mar)
A new family show that mixes kathak, hip hop, contemporary dance and physical storytelling to create a playful, colourful world and explore our curiosities and fears, the times we feel different and when we belong.
Tickets: £6; £5; £20 (family). 01303 760750. Quarterhouse, Folkestone CT20 1BN
- Firedance (16, 21 and 26 Mar)
Strictly's Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer will set temperatures soaring with their new Latin spectacular featuring a live band, seductive choreography and a dynamic dance ensemble performing Argentine tango, flamenco, contemporary, pasodoble, samba and salsa.
Tickets: From £44 (Churchill Theatre, Bromley); £34.50-£45.50 (Orchard Theatre, Dartford); £37.50; £42.50 (Central Theatre, Chatham) BR1 1HA (Churchill); DA1 1ED (Orchard); ME4 4AS (Central Theatre)
- Rumours (17 Mar)
This show includes a special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac's legendary Peter Green era, channelling the spirit of the Mac at the band's very best.
Tickets: From £30.50. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU
- Dire Straits (20 Mar)
John Illsley is interviewed by one of Dire Straits' old managers, Paul Cummins, who has his own take on the 'good old days.' Expect a liberal smattering of music too.
Tickets: £25. 03336 664466. Kings Hall, Herne Bay CT6 6BA
- Paul Carrack (22 Mar)
'The Man with the Golden Voice' (and his six-piece band) will highlight not only his own many hits, but also collaborations with legends such as The Eagles.
Tickets: From £33.90. 01303 228600. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone CT20 2DZ
- Ballet Central (28 Mar)
The graduate performing company of the Central School of Ballet delivers an exciting performance of theatricality, technical excellence and drama
Tickets: £16; £14. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge TN9 1JP
- Mark Steel (1 and 28 Mar)
Not long ago, it seemed highly unlikely the UK would ever vote to leave the EU, let alone actually do it. We had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government, Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn't going to beat Hilary Clinton, and Mark was living the married suburban ideal. Since then, it's all gone to absolute hell! But don't worry, as Mark thinks, 'Every little thing's gonna be alright'.
Tickets: £16.50 (Hazlitt Theatre); £15 (Quarterhouse) ME14 1PL (Hazlitt); CT20 1BN (Quarterhouse)
- Ben Fogle (12 Mar)
Hear some thrilling recollections from a real modern-day explorer in Tales From The Wilderness. From crossing Antarctica to conquering Everest, Ben Fogle will take the audience on an inspiring adventure. The much-loved TV adventurer will recount, with warmth and honesty, some of the awe-inspiring places he has travelled to and the adventures that befell him on his travels.
Tickets: £29.40. 01303 228600. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone CT20 2DZ
- Andy Parsons (13 Mar)
If current media tropes are to be believed, everybody exists in their own social media bubble and is up in arms about everything: Brexit, climate change, transgenders, badgers. So, come and celebrate what it means to be British in 2020 - freedom of speech, tolerance, tolerance of freedom of speech, freedom of intolerant speech, less freedom with more intolerant speech, but still some tolerance.
Tickets: £15. 01233 663201. Revelation, Ashford TN23 1QG
- Rob Beckett (14, 17, 18 and 20 Mar)
The Mouth of the South is in Kent to entertain you. Among his many accolades, he is host of BBC One's All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, BBC Two's Mock The Week and ITV2's Celebrity Juice.
Tickets: 01634 338338 (Central Theatre); 01322 220000 (Orchard Theatre); 01843 292795 (Winter Gardens) ME4 4AS (Central); DA1 1ED (Orchard Theatre); CT9 1HX (Winter Gardens)
- Sebastian Barry (20 Mar)
Novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry will introduce his new novel, A Thousand Moons, focusing on Winona, a young Lakota orphan adopted and raised by former Civil War soldiers in 1870s Tennessee.
Tickets: £10; £20; £30. 01732 452055 (Sevenoaks Bookshop). The Drive Methodist Church, Sevenoaks TN13 3AB
- Pete Firman (21 Mar)
The magician, comedian and TV presenter is back on the road with a unique and hilarious new kind of magic show. Witness the first and possibly final performances of The World's Greatest Magical Double Act. Every night Pete will be joined by a different guest who has no previous conjuring experience, and together they will perform jaw-dropping magic, without any rehearsal. What could possibly go wrong?
Tickets: £16. 01843 292795. Theatre Royal, Margate CT9 1PW
OUT AND ABOUT
- Wedding Open Day (1 Mar)
Planning your Big Day? Looking for that special venue? Pop along to the Hythe Imperial's Open Day to view the venue and enjoy a glass of bubbly, as well as meet some of the suppliers at one of Kent's best-kept wedding secrets.
Tickets: 01303 267441. Hythe Imperial Hotel Hythe CT21 6AE
- After-School Clubs (2 to 4 Mar)
After-School Club workshops are being run at Chiddingstone Castle this month, where 15 children (recommended ages eight to 11) can try out the art of origami or paper folding (2 Mar), Japanese calligraphy (3 March) or beginner's Japanese (4 Mar). Led by Fiona Glossop, head of learning at the castle, and curator Naomi Collick, who has lived in Japan for six years, places are limited so please do pre-book.
Tickets: Free. 01892 870347. Chiddingstone Castle TN8 7AD
- Calligraphy (14 and 18 Mar)
If you've always admired perfectly written cards, invitations and place cards, join Neptune to learn the art of calligraphy. Local artist Graham Boniface's two-hour workshop is perfectly suited to beginners and will help you achieve enviable and elegant handwriting.
Tickets: £25. 01227 209300. Neptune, Canterbury CT1 3TY
- Holiday and Leisure Show (15 Mar)
This well-timed show will provide plenty of inspiration for making the most of holiday and leisure time with some fabulous ideas for days out here in the UK and where to go for a relaxing beach holiday, cultural city breaks or a family adventure!
Tickets: free. Kent Event Centre, Detling ME14 3JF
- Elizabeth I and the Armada (18 to 20 Mar)
After his rights to the English throne were stripped due to the death of his wife Queen Mary I, Philip II of Spain declared war on England and Elizabeth I in a bid to return the nation to Catholicism. Travel back in time at Penshurst Place to meet the 16th-century people affected by Philip's declaration, including Queen Elizabeth I herself.
Tickets: Contact venue. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place and Gardens
- Spring Diesel and Beer Weekend (21 and 22 Mar)
The railway's heritage diesels will be joined by a visiting locomotive and there will also be a selection of local ales to sample at some stations on the route.
Tickets: Contact venue. 01892 537715 . Spa Valley Railway, Tun Wells TN2 5QY
- Mothers' Day (21 and 22 Mar)
Show your mum just how much you love her with a wonderful family day out at this historic castle and its stunning gardens. Little ones can burn off some energy in the Tudor Towers adventure playground or make a keyring in a free craft workshop.
Tickets: 01732 865224. Hever Castle, nr Edenbridge TN8 7NG
- Make gifts for mum (22 Mar)
Make some lavender bags or pot pourri to take home and enjoy the scents of a spring garden in your home. Perfect for children of all ages to get involved in!
Tickets: Contact venue. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place and Gardens TN11 8DG
- Spring Bouquet Workshop (25 Mar)
Join local florist Anna Evans for a hands-on workshop learning the techniques to create fresh flower bouquets of different styles and sizes. You will go home with your very own hand-made bouquet as well as a Neptune goody bag.
Tickets: £49. 01227 209300. Neptune, Canterbury CT1 3TY
- Peak or Blinded? (28 Mar)
Do you have what it takes to be a Peaky Blinder? Enjoy welcome drinks before things get heated when the news hits that a gang has sent someone to ruin the night, causing destruction. Who fired the gun shot? Who was the target? Who isn't going to be leaving alive? As actors help to set the scene, immerse yourself in this interactive evening of dinner theatre. Booking essential.
Tickets: 01622 765400. Leeds Castle, Maidstone ME17 1PL